Patreon Launch!

Hi everyone!

This week I’m launching a Patreon page – for folks who’re not familiar with Patreon, here’s a link a short vid explaining it, but in even shorter form: it’s a way for fans to ensure creators can make more stuff!

I’ve launched my page in order to expand my miniature publishing empire by creating audio books and graphic novels, in addition to more great fiction & poetry in ebook and print formats during 2018. I’m pretty excited about this and can’t wait to get started!

If you pledge you’ll get early access to new releases, along with exclusive updates, previews, images, videos, fiction and Patreon-only giveaways too ๐Ÿ™‚

So far I’ve shared a super-early cover reveal for Never #6 and will be sharing some more from The Last Sea God and a Q&A video soon too.

Check it out right here ๐Ÿ™‚

The Yellow Butterfly & Other Stories – Out Now!

Long time no post here, but I’m back today to share a new release ๐Ÿ™‚

The Yellow Butterfly & Other Stories is a collection of short fiction that brings together some of my previously published and unpublished stories from the last 5 years or so. Here’s the blurb:

 

Leap into worlds like and unlike our own

A creepy restaurant stalks its customers, steampunk slaves find a new home in the Australian desert, storybook characters come alive to make deals with the Roman God of Sleep and in the future, a synthetic society suffers dark consequences of endless augmentation… all these stories and more lurk within.

A collection of short fiction featuring steampunk, cyberpunk, fantasy and even a little horror!

 

It’s currently available across a wide range of retailers as an ebook for $2.99 and as a paperback for around $15-$20 or you can enter a Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a print copy right here ๐Ÿ™‚

 

VI – preview – each pale song

 

each pale song

your hair has grown deep
into the green stone of age

just as hills have grown between us
and oceans salt everything โ€“
sunbathers
and their pastel umbrellas
get away with nothing here

and driftwood piles
in hours
heaped upon
what few memories I have gathered

even as my head spills them
in a dance of clouds,
torsos thin,
each pale song
a gouge in my chest

but it is simple enough:
I want you

and now the statues have turned all
shoulders
tear-drop smooth

and the polish of feet
across your body,
how many is it now?

your hands were so wide,
as if to rival Atlas
who was always just out of sight
who was slowly unfreezing
and whose pulse
was seismic
but who could not fit you
within his stern gaze

and I will forgive every stumble
each scratch
each sour bite you give
when ignored
and even, envy so great
as to rattle my very bones

but you hid so well,
caught,
suspended
between a breath
and the settling of night

your sweet face

I wonder
did you ever truly need to paint it?

your own voice grew young
in my listening
and
I leant against cool railings
and you called me back to see
secrets
that were everyoneโ€™s
but become ours
by the whispers I couldnโ€™t fully unearth,
as crowds of automated eyes
pillaged you
as I myself would later do
as so many could not resist to do
and what I kept
could never satisfy

your immortality dried
as we worked,
great deserts in our fingertips
and dust in our kisses

and though I cannot feel more shame
knowing that I want more

at least when change came
thank god
you were not part of its neon creeping.

 

About 12 days to go until release of VI ๐Ÿ˜€

City of Masks/Between Giants&Old Stone Giveaway

Insanitek‘s book club are running a cool giveaway where you can win a print copy of both the City of Masks and my latest poetry collection, Old Stone & Between Giants !

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All you have to do to enter is spread the word a little – jump over here and take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also read an interview I did with Grace from Insanitek, which was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done; we covered a lot of ground from Italy, tourism, poetry and fiction!

(I’m a bit behind in mentioning this – the comp has been open for a while but closes in 10 days!)

 

Somnus & the March Hare – Available as Ebook

A few years ago you might remember me posting about one of my first short fiction sales – Somnus and the March Hare.

Well, I finally released it as a stand-alone ebook and it’s available on Amazon (AU/US/UK/CA) for about $1 and other retailers if anyone wanted to check it out.

 

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Cover by the awesome Rebekah at VIVID COVERS

 

Michael cannot sleep and it’s ruining his life – but when the March Hare pops out of a picture book and offers to help him cut a deal with Somnus, the Roman God of Sleep, Michael has no choice but to accept.

A short story set in Australia for fans of magic-realism and contemporary fantasy.

little boy

little boy

territory denial and a man true to his mother

the shutter
is actually arranged to interrupt light
and the apple-worm is a pinkish-white finger

the poster may have said

until
a girl (and her doll) wearing pajamas
was common to find in graves

Holst, Mars (06 August 1945 โ€“ present day)

crushing rail, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic
is a semi-autobiographical novel
by another confectionerโ€™s son

struck by a laundry truck
full of dirty atoms
an appetizer popularized in Manhattan
(does an oven mitt have a liver?)

whether youโ€™re looking for an inexpensive derby
or a legacy of bones

the only food colouring in the factory is pink. Walter used it.

(first published in Cottonmouth zine, July 2008)

 

 

Here’s a poem with cut-up elements that I wrote a while back – the LANGUAGE Poets influence might be visible? I’m not sure but here it is, a blast from a few years back ๐Ÿ™‚